A Failed Tendulkar
6th June 1999 Aseem Asthana @bom4.vsnl.net.in
Sir, The recent failure of Indian Cricketing against Australia has given me cause to rethink my support for the Indian cricket team in general and Sachin Tendulkar in particular. By depending on him so much for both support and morale we have more to loose than to gain from his inclusion in the team. The moment he gets out, which is pretty frequently on less than double digit scores, the team loses, mentally. And in all the matches that are do or die for us, he has not lead us anywhere. He recent failure against Australia was pathetic. Even Nain Mongia does not get out on a duck. For a man who made his millions on the love, nay, idolatry of the Indian cricket fans, we could have expected better. I guess that it is easy to toss the Kenyans around. When it comes to real match playing, he had to fizzle out. Any one can play against a team which is relatively weak, but it needs a real hero to keep your cool and play against a formidable enemy. But hero Sachin Tendulkar is not. So I guess that we should stop worshipping him the way we do. He may be a good batsman a times. It is alright for him to gather numerous personal accolades in the world of cricket but the nation has not gained much from him. So let us start questioning him more and giving him our support per a match by match basis as his performance be. Yours, Aseem. Aseem Asthana, 239 A, New Swarg Mandir, Mhow 453441, MP, India. Tele - 91 7324 74603/78236. Fax - (001)(847) 589-3332, ICQ #36888504 Final Yr, B. E., Department of Comp Sc & Engg, Sri Govindram Sekseria Institute of Technology and Science, 23, Park Rd, Indore. MP. India. Alternate Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
7th June 1999 email@example.com
I'd beg to differ on this point. Perhaps you aren't considering the cases when Tendulkar single-handedly routed the opposition. He hasn't been at his best in this time, because as you might be knowing he has had personal problems too, to grieve upon apart from the fact that we have a ludicrous point-system in question at England to make it to the semis. Also, as many of Indians would believe, the failure of the Indian team could also be attributed to Azhar's lack of form too. It wouldn't be a surprise if we would perhaps see the last of Azhar's batting against New Zealand. Tendulkar is in a league by himself and subjectively speaking, we should be proud of having him in our team, rather than ranting about his current failure. Oh well, we still have a couple to go, yet. Maybe Messrs. Duck & Lose would still push India through. C.